The Ultimate Guide To Thrift Shopping

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There’s few things as frustrating as finding a cute outfit you absolutely love, only to find out it costs an arm and a leg to own. A few weeks ago I was browsing through a few shops in my local mall and I started to get the feeling that the clothes I was looking at might have been nice, but they weren’t nice enough to cost a week’s pay check. I had this overwhelming feeling that I was being ripped off, and so I looked up a few thrift shops and headed to the closest Value Village I could find.

Needless to say, I’ve fallen in love with thrift shopping!  I found so many adorable sweaters and cardigans I didn’t expect to dig up, and all for an insanely low cost. If you too are looking for some unique, affordable pieces to add to your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to stop by your local thrift store!

Before you set off to bargain your way to a few cute new outfits, here are some things to keep in mind about thrifting.

The First Time Thrifter

When you first walk into a thrift shop for the first time, you might feel a little out of place. I know I did. Don’t worry, it’s normal to feel a little strange and out of place if you’ve never been thrift shopping before. Just remember that everyone is there to find a good deal and that the experience is what you make of it!

The Search

Don’t get me wrong, thrifting is a great way to find lovely clothes if you have the time and patience to sift through racks and racks of clothes. There will be times where you won’t find anything worth taking home, but there will also be times where you won’t believe you grabbed such an amazing steal at a thrift store! It’s a gamble, but one definitely worth the price.

Quality

When you’re thrifting keep in mind that many of your finds might not be the best of quality. They’ve been owned and worn before so it’s normal if some items are a little worn down,  have a hole that needs some sewing, or have that funky thrift shop smell to them. It’s all part of the adventure of thrift shopping.

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The Thrill Of The Find

When you find something lovely at a thrift shop, you’ll feel a rush of pride and accomplishment- as you should! Sifting through hundreds of clothes and finding a steal at a great price will make you feel much more confident about your shopping skills, not to mention keep your wallet happy too. The best part is, most people won’t believe where you got your outfit from when you tell them.

Mix and Matching

One thing thrifters are undoubtedly good at is mixing and matching their outfits. Mixing new pieces with thrift finds to create the perfect outfit in the process can sound like a stressful task if you feel you have no idea what you’re doing. If you’re a beginner and feel like you don’t know much about putting outfits together- don’t sweat it. It’s all about what you feel good in. Try wearing a favourite piece of yours with a new thrift find at the start, and soon you’ll see how simple it is to incorporate your thrifting pieces to your every day wardrobe!

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Thrifting is by far one of my favourite ways to shop and feel as creative as I can while creating my wardrobe. Have you tried thrift shopping yet? If not, I strongly encourage you to try it as it might surprise you. Happy thrifting!

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  • I love this post, it’s really unique and super helpful! x
    http://www.chapitretrois.blogspot.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Ranyel!

  • Aimee Budge

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I have to say that it is absolutely amazing! This post is also really helpful and I will take some of the information into account next time I go shopping. 🙂

    awkwardlikeaimee.blogspot.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Aimee, I hope you enjoy thrift shopping as much as I do if you ever try it! xo

  • The funky smell has always made me refrain from purchasing 🙁

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    • Diana Maria

      Honestly, one good wash is almost always enough to take it away and make the pieces feel brand new and like your own! You should give it a chance! xo

  • Catarina Neves

    This is a great post!
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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Catarina! xo

  • Emma Anderson

    Great post! I’ve been thrifting all my life thanks to my mum and grandma. I’ve found some amazing things, including genuine designer items, rare vintage and all kinda of wonderful things. One thing many people don’t seem to realise is how many new items you can also find in a thrift shop. It’s my favourite way to shop!

    Emma Xx

    http://www.emmaslookingglass.com

    • Diana Maria

      That’s so sweet that they used to thrift as well, its such a great thing to pass down! There are tons of new items you could find if you look hard enough and I agree that most people have no idea! xo

  • Lauren Aitchison

    I love thrift shopping! My boyfriend always says, “Someone could have died in that you know…” but I can’t say I care. I love the hunt for amazing pieces! x
    http://www.thedevilwearstartan.com

    • Diana Maria

      Haha it’s true but there’s so much more soul to a piece that’s been passed down! I’m glad I’ve found some fellow thrifting lovers!

  • I love thrift shopping and these are such great tips. I think the mistake I always made when I first started going was that I never searched through everything enough!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

    • Diana Maria

      Me too! Sometimes it feels too overwhelming and I don’t go through as much as I should because I find too many things at the start!

  • really good post and your photography is great too! a pleasure to read 🙂

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Marie that’s really sweet of you!

  • I love your photography! Such a beautiful blog, glad I came by you.

    ALYSPACE.co.uk | Alexandra xxx

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Alexandra, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!

  • This is a really fun post. I have a friend who is the best thrift shopper, so I’ve started trying it out sometimes. Only problem is I live in a very small town so I rarely find anything, haha 🙂

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    • Diana Maria

      Sometimes small towns can have hidden gems too, but it can be harder to find things. It’s good to hear you’re still embracing thrifting every once in a while! xo

  • I love these tips! I love to thrift but I definitely need to be in the right mindset to do it, like you say you need time and patience!

    One thing I would add is to consider if you’d buy the item if it was full price in a regular shop. Sometimes I get carried away with how cheap something is, I forget to think ‘will I actually wear this’!

    Loving your blog, I followed! 🙂

    Claire // Technicolour Dreamer

    • Diana Maria

      I agree, you have to feel ready to go thrifting! I’ve fallen victim to buying certain things I didn’t always need because they were cheaper, so I completely agree with that! Thank you for the follow Claire, I’m a fan of your blog too! xo

  • Adalias C

    Love this post, especially the tips for first time thrifters like me xx

    http://www.adaliascloset.blogspot.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Adalias, I’m glad the post was helpful to you!

  • SUCH A GOOD GUIDE! LOVEEEE

    Sabrina | http://www.GYPSYTAN.co

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Sabrina!

  • Nilla Austin

    I love to thrift shop! When my mom came to visit me all we did was hit up yard sales and thrift stores. My older sister doesn’t thrift much and prefers higher quality items, but when she saw this amazing blouse I bought at Goodwill she was blown away. Best part is it was only $8! It’s the absolute best way to save money and get a few items to spice up your wardrobe.

    emilynillaaustin.com
    -Nilla

    • Diana Maria

      That’s so lovely that you can thrift shop with your mom too! It feels so rewarding finding a steal that’s so cheap from a thrift store, it’s such a great way to have a unique wardrobe while saving some extra cash- I totally agree!